Liverpool legend Michael Owen got his prediction for the Spain against Netherlands game wrong, and how!
Defending world champions Spain took on the Dutch in the opening Group B game of the 2014 World Cup finals at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Friday.
It was expected to be one of the best matches of the tournament and many fancied Spain to pick up the three points. Owen certainly did, making his prediction on social networking site Twitter.
Best game of the opening round of matches tonight. I fancy Spain to beat the Dutch.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 13, 2014
What a game. It looked like the pick of the opening round of fixtures. Not over yet.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 13, 2014
For the first 30 minutes, it did look like that the former Real Madrid striker’s prediction would come true. Xabi Alonso put Spain ahead on 27 minutes from the penalty spot after Diego Costa had been brought down inside the Netherlands box.
However, Robin van Persie equalised for the Oranje on the stroke of half time, and after the break, they ran their opponents ragged.
Manchester United striker Van Persie completed his brace in the second half, and so did former Chelsea and current Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben. Stefan de Vrij too chipped in with a goal of his own, as the Netherlands registered a marvellous 5-1 victory.
It will now be interesting to see how Spain bounce back. Four years ago in South Africa, Spain lost their opening game of the World Cup, and we all know what happened after that.
Spain cannot be written off just yet, although by dropping all three points against the Netherlands, they have made it more difficult for themselves to progress to the last 16.